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anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

I bought a roll of 4" x 40' mast boot tape. comes with no directions or labeling. I did look it up on their website and it had one one star review stating that it would not bond. There is no sticky side and it is supposed to self bond but it sure dont look like it will. Just looks live a vinyl or something. It was like $35 so I was considering getting some silicone tape if I can find anything wide enough. I also was considering trying it (the west marine stuff) and making sure I stretch it good and worse case scenario I could hose clamp it. anyone use this stuff? Any opinions? I need to get this thing sealed today so no time to order anything. I also pull the mast in Nov. so cant really use that seal system I see on various sites.
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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

I've used it for two years that I've owned my boat, and maybe on a sunny warm day it will stick together , but I had some small diameter line line laying around and I wrapped it around the tape from top to bottom then tied it off. Now it is wrapped from the weather and the line gives it that yachtsman like look!
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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

thanks for the reply. What kind/size line did you use, and how did you tie it?
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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

I've used it in the past and got it to stick, but it a hassle to stretch the thing which you must do get it to bond. I recently removed it since was getting some leakage around the mast and installed the vinyl mast boot which can be cut to size and bonded with the glue that comes with it. Rather than using hose clamps, I used plastic wire ties to wrap the top edge and the bottom edge. It held up pretty well after some heavy rains. Time will tell how well it does, but the important thing is to put some caulking on that top edge as well as the mast groove to prevent water from entering the boat down that groove.
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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

I was trying to avoid calk. I do have rubber mast wedge that I could just throw some calk over. Figured it would make a mess.
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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

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I bought a roll of 4" x 40' mast boot tape. comes with no directions or labeling. I did look it up on their website and it had one one star review stating that it would not bond. There is no sticky side and it is supposed to self bond but it sure dont look like it will. Just looks live a vinyl or something. It was like $35 so I was considering getting some silicone tape if I can find anything wide enough. I also was considering trying it (the west marine stuff) and making sure I stretch it good and worse case scenario I could hose clamp it. anyone use this stuff? Any opinions? I need to get this thing sealed today so no time to order anything. I also pull the mast in Nov. so cant really use that seal system I see on various sites.
Sounds very much like self amagamating tape
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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

I've used it for years and like it. I put a large hose clamp around the top and bottom, just like a regular boot, for extra hold. Never had a leak.

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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

I found some in my new old boat. Really old package but tried it anyways. It didn't stick very well to itself so used some really old ( also found in boat) medical bandage waterproof tape. It has worked for a couple weeks. Defender has it for like $15-30 a roll I'm going to get some new stuff when I pull the old off to finish putting in the rest of the mast wedges.
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Re: anyone familiar with west marine mast boot tape

White duct tape will last 6 months if you're pulling the mast every winter.
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